After taking an unbeaten 3-0 lead and winning the 5-game ODI series, India was knocked down by the New Zealand hosts after a humiliating defeat of eight in the ODI room at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday. In one of the poorest batting performances in ODI in recent times, India, minus captain Virat Kohli, was included by only 92, with New Zealand checking the target in twice as fast time to regain some pride. With the hosts chasing the target in only 14.4, India had to face the ignominy of its biggest loss in terms of spare balls, with 212 balls remaining when the game ended.
India’s defeat to Sri Lanka in 2010 in Dambulla, where the hosts reached the goal with 209 balls to spare, was previously their worst in terms of remaining balls.
212 races – Hamilton (vs NZ, 2019)
209 races – Dambulla (vs SL, 2010)
181 races – Hambantota (vs SL, 2012)
176 races – Dharamsala (vs SL, 2017)
174 races – Sydney (vs Aus, 1981)
The shame did not end there for the Indian team.
Tourists also recorded their lowest ODI score outside the home and the second lowest overall in ODI when the sixth field fell.
The first six of India managed only 35 races while Trent Boult demonstrated in Hamilton.
The lowest contribution of the first six for India:
35 vs NZ, Hamilton, 2019 (Today)
28 vs SL, Dharamsala, 2017
39 vs SL, Sharjah, 2000
39 vs NZ, Bulawayo, 2005
Winning the draw, the New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, did not hesitate to put India in the bat. Rohit Sharma, substitute boss, fought big against the moving ball and in his 23-ball, 7-run hit, he could not hit even a single limit.
Shikhar Dhawan (13) was the first to be fired and soon India found 35 by six with the replacement of Kohli, Shubman Gill driving only 9. Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik returned to the pavilion without disturbing the scorers, while Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were fired by one each.
Hardik Pandya hit four limits in his 16-stroke shot, but he was also a victim of Boult. Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav (15) provided some late resistance to bring India closer to the 100-race mark.
Martin Guptill gave the hosts a great start, connecting two fours and six in his 4 balls of 4 balls, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent him packing to give India an early breakthrough.
And despite firing Captain Williamson (11) early, too, India simply did not have enough runs on the board to cause panic in New Zealand’s locker room.
Ross Taylor (37 of 25) broke three sixes and two fours when New Zealand hit the target with 14.4 passes.